The Church Commissioners have always kept under review the suitability of its houses to meet the needs of a diocesan bishop and facilitate his mission. In the case of the Palace at Wells, the Commissioners concluded that more suitable arrangements could be made for the ministry and living conditions of the new Bishop if he were not to live in the Palace, which is operated by the Palace Trust as a visitor attraction. The Bishop and the Bishop of Taunton will continue to be based and work at the Palace.
The Commissioners are in the process of purchasing a residential property near Wells as an investment opportunity. This property could be used as a temporary home for the new Bishop while they work with him and the Diocese to identify a permanent property.